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Photo Coverage: 2008 Fred & Adele Astaire Awards

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America's only honor recognizing excellence in dance on both stage and film, the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards  honored some of the greatest talents in dance on Monday, June 2nd at a gala evening at the Grand Ballroom, Manhattan Center Studios (311 West 34th Street). Highlights of the evening included this year's Award honorees Spencer Liff - Best Male Dancer on Broadway for his dancing in Cry Baby;  Karen Olivo - Best Female Dancer on Broadway for her dancing in In The Heights; Rob Ashford - Best Choreography on Broadway for his work in Cry Baby and Dave Scott, Hi –Hat & Jamal Sims - Best Choreography in Film for their work in the film Step Up 2: The Streets  as well as Brooke Shields presenting nine-time Tony Award & two-time Astaire Award-winner Tommy Tune with the first Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award.  Directed by Broadway veteran Lee Roy Reams, the evening also featured former Fred Astaire dancing partners and movie legends Jane Powell and Arlene Dahl. In addition, pop/ rock, singer/songwriter Sylvia Tosun and acclaimed songstress Anna Bergman will raise the roof with their vocal selections. The gala  evening benefits The Auditory Oral School of New York, a non profit organization which specializes in teaching deaf and hard of hearing children to listen, talk, think and socialize. Honorary Chairs for the gala evening are Fred Astaire's daughter Ava Astaire McKenzie & her husband artist Richard McKenzie.

Photo Credits Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.



Ava Astaire


Marge Champion


Marge Champion


Marge Champion


Arlene Dahl


Arlene Dahl


Mark Rosen and Arlene Dahl


Arlene Dahl


Countess de Lesseps


Countess de Lesseps


Countess de Lesseps


Countess de Lesseps


Countess de Lesseps


Billy Goldenberg


Carol Lawrence and Billy Goldenberg


Carol Lawrence


Carol Lawrence


Spencer Liff


Spencer Liff


Spencer Liff


Spencer Liff


Spencer Liff and Dancers


Priscilla Lopez and Spencer Liff


Priscilla Lopez and Hal Prince


Priscilla Lopez


Priscilla Lopez


Karen Mason


Karen Mason


Karen Mason


Lillian Montevecchi


Lillian Montevecchi


Lillian Montevecchi


Lillian Montevecchi


Lillian Montevecchi


Karen Olivo


Karen Olivo


Karen Olivo


Karen Olivo


Janet Dacal


Janet Dacal


Janet Dacal


Janet Dacal


Karen Olivo and Janet Dacal


Janet Dacal and Karen Olivo


Karen Olivo and Janet Dacal


Janet Dacal and Karen Olivo


Jane Powell and Dickie Moore


Jane Powell


Jane Powell


Jane Powell


Jane Powell


Jane Powell and Lilian Montevecchi


Jane Powell and Lillian Montevecchi


Hal Prince


Hal Prince


Hal Prince


Sylvia Tosun


Sylvia Tosun


Sylvia Tosun


Sylvia Tosun


Sylvia Tosun


Sylvia Tosun


Lee Roy Reams


Lee Roy Reams and Marge Champion


Tommy Tune


Tommy Tune


Tommy Tune


Tommy Tune


Tommy Tune, Lillian Montevecchi, and Lee Roy Reams


Douglas Watt


Douglas Watt and daughter Patricia Watt


Tommy Tune and Douglas Watt


Brooke Shields


Brooke Shields


Brooke Shields


Brooke Shields


Brooke Shields


Brooke Shields and Tommy Tune


Brooke Shields and Tommy Tune


Brooke Shields and Tommy Tune

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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